Prosecutors say the banging could have been from “repeated assaults” on Alex in the Mountsfield Park in Catford, south-east London. Iheanacho, from Hounslow, west London, stood trial at Woolwich Crown Court, where he denied murdering the boy. “The prosecution said that he died at the hands of this defendant, a man who was looking after him, acting as his stepfather, but who on the evening of November 20 last year, lost his temper and violently assaulted the boy, causing him fatal head and stomach injures.
CCTV captured Iheanacho taking Alex from his home, on three separate buses, to the park, where they arrived at around 5.12pm, when it was already dark. Alex was wearing black trainers, a red jacket, a woolly hat and gloves. Ms Laws told jurors there are no witnesses or CCTV footage of “the defendant landing blows on Alex”, but continued: “There is, however, clear evidence as to the fact the defendant lost his temper with Alex before he sustained his injuries.” She said prosecutors know the pair went to the play area because Alex lost one of his trainers, which was later found there by police. Describing an incident at about 6pm, she added: “The defendant was heard shouting loudly at Alex after finding out that Alex had lost his shoe.” One witness, Sarah Strugnell, allegedly saw Iheanacho bend down to the child and ask where his shoes were. “The man was very angry indeed and Sarah Strugnell describes how he was raging at the child who was very quiet,” said the prosecutor. “Her partner recalls hearing the loud banging and a male voice screaming about the loss of shoes and a child’s fearful voice saying ‘sorry’. “He describes the banging continuing. He shouted to his dogs which appeared to bring the male’s shouting to an end.